To better understand the experiences of auxiliary nurse-midwives (ANMs) in providing maternal and newborn health services and to obtain their perspectives on Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY), the Population Council undertook an exploratory study of ANMs in two districts of the north-western state of Rajasthan, India. Findings show that the vast majority of the ANMs were aware of best practices related to the immediate care of the newborn. Nevertheless, the findings also suggested a number of priority areas for action, including increased investment in training, encouraging provision of services on a more regular basis, making special efforts to enable ANMs to follow standard protocols of care, and raising ANMs’ awareness about the JSY program and addressing weaknesses identified by ANMs.
Santhya, K.G. and Shireen J. Jejeebhoy. 2012. "Providing maternal and newborn health services: Experiences of auxiliary nurse midwives in Rajasthan." New Delhi: Population Council.
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